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Portugal’s Experience of Drug Decriminalisation


Around one percent of the population in Portugal was addicted to heroin in 1999. The nation also reportedly had the highest number of drug-related AIDS deaths in the European Union. The government had been waging the usual war on drugs since the 1980s, but it wasn’t working. However, Portugal’s current drug-induced death rate sits at ...

Using Technology to Get Around Court Orders


Tracking devices placed in cars, in baby strollers and even in walking sticks. Electronic “gifts” with spyware or location apps enabled. The use of sophisticated technology to listen to telephone calls and hack into email and social media accounts. The list goes on… These contraptions may sound like they’ve come straight out in a James ...

Hang Paedophiles, demands Philippines President


By Blake O’Connor and Ugur Nedim The death penalty was abolished in the Philippines in 2006, partly due to pressure from the powerful Catholic Church. However, controversial Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte is reported to have called for the reintroduction of death by hanging in time for the trial of an Australian man accused of sexually assaulting and murdering ...

The Netherlands is Helping the Homeless, While We’re Criminalising Them


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim As in many developed countries, it’s becoming increasing rare for people in the Netherlands to carry cash, as electronic payment technologies are embraced for a wide variety of transactions. However, a section of society that’s being left behind by these advances is the homeless. To counter this, a new jacket ...

Lawyers Call for Criminal Charges Against Australian Government


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim In a petition to the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) and the Stanford International Human Rights Clinic have described the “harrowing practices of the Australian state and corporations towards asylum seekers” as a crime against humanity. Australian detention regime Australia’s system of offshore detention ...

NT Juvenile Justice to Focus on Prevention, Rather than Incarceration


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The Northern Territory government will spend an extra $18.2 million annually to overhaul its troubled juvenile justice system, focusing on prevention and diversion rather than incarceration. “… we have to make sure we prevent crime before it occurs,” NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner remarked. “The youth justice system is ...

Melbourne Needs an Injecting Room: An Interview with Australian Sex Party Leader Fiona Patten


There’s a renewed push for a medically supervised injecting centre to be established in Melbourne, amid concerns over continuing overdose deaths on the streets. Leading the campaign is Victorian Sex Party MLC Fiona Patten, who introduced a private member’s bill before parliament on February 8. The Pilot Medically Supervised Injecting Centre Bill 2017 calls for an eighteen ...

Queensland Police to Get More Power


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Normally, police across Australia require a warrant or a reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing before they are permitted to subject individuals to a personal search. However, police in Queensland are set to be given extra powers in time for the April 2018 Commonwealth Games, an event based on the Gold ...

NSW Police Pursuit Results in Another Tragic Death


NSW police have engaged in the pursuit of a vehicle yet again, and this time the chase has led to the tragic death of a teen. Around 2 am last Friday, police tried to stop a ute in Kempsey. But when the driver refused to pull over, the officers chased the youth 50 kilometres up the ...

The Real Cost of our Love Affair with Alcohol


Almost half of all homicides in Australia are alcohol-related, and more than a quarter of Australians report being affected by alcohol-fuelled violence. These statistics and a wealth of research leaves little doubt that our love affair with alcohol is a particularly toxic one – both in terms of health and social costs. Drug of choice ...